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The Lord of the Rings Online Leveling Guide 1 – 85

Leveling in in Lotro can be slow if you don’t know where to go next. In this guide I will show you some good tips for quick leveling and where to go at each level when leveling in Lotro. During my time in Lotro I have leveled several characters to max level, and streamlining where to go at all times definitely helps on the leveling speed. Following this guide will hopefully help you going from level 1 all the way through the Riders of Rohan Expansion to level 85!

Leveling tips:


Quest Guide: Enable the Quest Guide by going into Options – Ui Settings and turning it on. This will help you plan “paths” more efficiently when leveling. Use the map and complete all quests in an area before moving on.

Looting: If you have a lot of gold, don’t bother with looting at all for a good while. If you don’t have gold or gear, turn on always loot all by going into the options – UI settings – Allways loot all at the bottom.

Staying Ahead: Try to stay a couple of levels ahead of the content you are doing. This is not very important but it makes leveling easier since mobs go down faster.

Questing: Questing is generally faster than grinding. And it will reward you with the gear and gold you need to get ahead. Keep your quest journal updated by always deleting quests you have outleveled and group quests you won’t be doing.

Food : Minimize downtime by always having enough food. Buy food on the AH. These will also give you stat boosts.

Enhanced Experience: VIP members gain enhanced XP. You can also buy accelerated XP with you destiny points. You can also get Tomes of Experience that will boost your XP by 25% from mob kills.

Mounts: Always have the fastest possible mount for fast traveling speed when leveling.

Leveling Guide:


Level 1 – 5 Tutorial:

For the first 5 levels you will be going through the tutorial. The tutorial is very story driven and goes by fast. You will get all your starting gear here.

Level 6 – 13 Archet/Bree-land/Ered Luin/Shire

After the tutorial you will be spending your time in your racial starting zone. Leveling here is a breeze and you will finish here quickly.

If you are a VIP member, be sure to head to the Hengstacer’s Farm north of Bree-Town and get your first mount

Level 14 – 20 Bree-land:

At around level 13, give or take a few levels, you should move on to Bree-Land. Try to work on the Epic Storyline as much as you can, although this is not required. At around level 20 you should consider moving on.

Level 21 – 30 Lone Lands / North Downs:

At around level 20, two options will open up for you, the North Downs and the Lone Lands. You should hit up both these zones.  Head to Lone Lands and stay there until around level 25, then move on to Trestlebridge in North Downs. Or you can move back and forth between the two zones. The North Downs should take you to around level 30, maybe even a few levels over.

Level 31 – 40 Evendim (Trollshaws):

Evendim is a very enjoyable zone to level in. There are plenty of quests and you will reach level 40 here in no time. If you get low on quests you can head over to the Trollshaws as well.

Level 41 – 50 Angmar / Misty Mountains / Goblin Town / Forochel

At this point, quite a few options open up for you. Leveling will slow down a bit from here, but as there are plenty of places to level you should do fine.  Try to gear up sometime around now to speed up leveling a bit.

Level 51 – 59 Moria :

It’s now time to head underground to Moria. Moria can be pretty confusing at first but once you get a hang of the places, leveling here will go pretty quickly and you should hit around level 60 in no time.

Level 60 – 65 Lothlorien / Mirkwood :

After getting out of Moria, head over to Lothlorien and Mirkwood. Leveling here is pretty easy as there are a lot of quests and everything is very streamlined.

Once you are level 60 or so, go to Mirkwood. Questing here is a breeze as all the quests are in quest hubs, so you won’t waste much time. Mirkwood will take you to around level 65.

Level 66 – 67 Enedwaith  :

After leaving Mirkwood, head to Enedwaith and level to 67.

Level 68 – 72 Dunland :

It’s now time to head to Dunland for a few levels. Loads of solo quests here and you should be level 72 in no time.

Level 73 – 74 Gap of Rohan :

Move over to the Gap of Rohan at around level 72. There are quite a few quest hubs here and leveling is fairly easy.

Level 74 -75 Isengard :

Getting to level 75 in Isengard shouldn’t be a problem. If leveling gets slow, consider getting a group and you’ll be level 75 in no time.

Level 76 -85 Riders of Rohan :

At level 75 it’s time to move on to the Riders of Rohan Expansion. More info on these levels coming soon.


Sunday 21st of February 2016

Wow, lots of big announcements. The big one that stnads out for me though is skirmish soldiers in the landscape are you kidding me? The open world is already easy enough, unless they do a complete balancing overhaul then any sort of landscape questing is going to be completely, ridiculously, trivial. It looks like a sw:tor copycat feature to me, but that game is balanced around the idea that everyone will be running with a companion and so the difficulty is pitched accordingly. Throw skirmish soldiers into the existing landscape in lotro and you'll be able to faceroll pull 5+ mobs at at time without any issue, which is crazy.